sanc·tu·ar·y [sangk-choo-er-ee] noun
- a sacred or holy place.
- Judaism -
- the Biblical tabernacle or the Temple in Jerusalem.
- the holy of holies of these places of worship.
- an especially holy place in a temple or church.
- the part of a church around the altar; the chancel.
- a church or other sacred place where fugitives were formerly entitled to immunity from arrest.
- the state or quality that distinguishes living beings or organisms from dead ones and from inorganic matter, characterized chiefly by metabolism, growth, and the ability to reproduce and respond to
- the period between birth and death a living person or being: to save a life
- a corresponding state, existence, or principle of existence conceived of as belonging to the soul: eternal life.